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North Carolina Attorney General Obtains TRO Against Florida-Based Payday Lender

On May 21, 2019, the North Carolina Attorney General’s office (AG) announced that it had obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) as a result of a consent agreement with a Florida-based online lender in a lawsuit it filed in North Carolina state court on May 15, 2019.  The AG alleged that the online lender, which was not licensed in North…

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FTC Settles with Operators of Student Loan Relief Companies for $1.3 Million

On December 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with the operators of two Florida-based student loan debt relief companies and their principals in connection with its coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative to target deceptive student loan debt relief scams, called “Operation Game of Loans.” In September and October 2017, the FTC…

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Federal Court Halts California-Based Student Debt Relief Scheme at Request of FTC

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On November 20, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal court issued an injunction to halt and freeze the assets of a California-based student loan debt relief scheme. Two weeks prior​​​, the FTC filed a complaint against the operators of the scheme, alleging deceptive acts and practices in violation of Section 5(a)…

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First Half of 2018 Sees Significant Decline in Publicly Announced or Publicly Filed Enforcement Activity

During the first half of 2018, Enforcement Watch tracked 40 publicly announced or publicly filed enforcement actions involving consumer financial services companies. The 18 enforcement actions tracked during Q1 2018 represent a substantial decrease from the 46 actions tracked in Q1 2017. That trend continued in Q2 2018, with Enforcement Watch…

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FTC Settles with Student Debt Relief Companies for $19 Million

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On September 28, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had reached a settlement with loan debt relief operators in connection with the coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative to target deceptive student loan debt relief scams, called “Operation Game of Loans.” According to the FTC, the operators violated the federal law by allegedly…

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FTC Settles for Nearly $3.5 Million with Debt Collectors Over Alleged Debt Collection Scheme

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​On September 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with a Georgia debt collection company and its principals over alleged illegal collection practices. In October 2017, the FTC filed an action against the defendants alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. §§ 45(a), 53(b),…

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Federal Reserve Board Settles With Kentucky Bank for $4.75 Million

On July 26, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced a multi-million dollar settlement with a Kentucky bank over allegations of unlawful banking practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the Consent Order, the bank made misrepresentations and failed to disclose certain information to consumers about…

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OCC and CFPB Reach $30 Million Settlement With South Dakota Bank Over Overdraft Fees

On July 20, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reached a $30 million settlement with a South Dakota bank over allegations that the bank had engaged in deceptive practices with respect to its overdraft services in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade…

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CFPB Settles With Debt Collection Company and CEO for $6 Million

On July 13, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a debt collection company and its CEO for allegedly illegal debt-collection acts and practices. According to the CFPB, the company collected on consumer debts using various debt collection companies that allegedly engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in violation of…

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California AG Announces Settlement Agreement with Student Loan Debt Collector

On June 14, 2018, the California Attorney General announced that it had entered into a settlement​ with a company holding nearly 35,000 private student loans across California.  In the complaint, which was filed on June 13, 2018, the Attorney General alleged that the company had engaged in unlawful debt collection…

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